Gail Gibbons CEO appointed Go Lab Fellow of Practice

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Our CEO Gail Gibbons has been nominated as a Fellow of Practice at the prestigious Government Outcomes Lab based at The Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

Go Lab hosts the global knowledge hub for those considering, designing and delivering new approaches to improve social outcomes. Each year Go Lab appoints a small group of leading practitioners from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to support the mission to advance research and practice in how governments tackle complex social needs.

Gail has been appointed as a Fellow of Practice as a result of experience developing the Social Impact Bonds model and outcomes based delivery. Gail has experience of leading two Social Impact Bonds (SIB) at Sheffield Futures. Future Shapers was a DWP Youth Engagement Fund SIB delivered between 2015-2018 – supporting young people ‘not in employment, education or training (NEET) or at risk of being NEET. Project Apollo (2018-2021) is a Department for Education (UK) Social Care Innovation Fund SIB supporting care leavers into education and employment.

‘It’s really exciting to have been appointed as a Fellow of Practice by Go Lab and I’m really looking forward to sharing knowledge and expertise built up through leading innovative approaches such as the SIB model at Sheffield Futures and contributing to such an important knowledge hub. I’m equally looking forward to working alongside other appointed Fellows who all share my passion for improving social outcomes for those most vulnerable in society.’ said Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures.

The position of Fellow of Practice is pro-bono and Fellows contribute in many different ways, from providing input to research and analytical work, speaking at events, authoring and reviewing papers, and sharing learning to strengthen the global community of practitioners. In 2020 the nine Fellows’ experience spans a range of sectors and countries. More information about Go Lab and the 2020 Fellows can be found here.

Sheffield Futures shortlisted for ERSA employability awards 2019

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Sheffield Futures’ Talent Match project has been shortlisted for the youth employment category at the ERSA employability awards. The awards celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals working in partnership to help jobseekers in their journey towards, into and progression in work. The youth employment category celebrates the achievements of employment services providers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment in delivering employment services for young adults.

For the last five years, Talent Match Sheffield City Region (TMSCR) has turned life around for over 2,500 young people in the Sheffield City Region who were furthest away from the job market. Across the Sheffield City Region, from Doncaster to Barnsley, Rotherham to North East Derbyshire, a team of 23 coaches worked one-to-one with 18-24 year-olds who had been jobless for over a year and were struggling with a wide range of life issues. Their barriers to work included learning disabilities, mental health problems, homelessness, single parenthood, care leavers and were compounded by a range of emotional, practical and skills based barriers.

Talent Match (TM) was a £106 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund to address unemployment amongst 18-24 year olds, delivered between 2014 and 2018 through partnerships in 21 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas in England. Through personalised, flexible, ‘test and learn’ provision which addressed needs and aspirations, the programme sought to support young people who were furthest from the labour market facing multiple barriers in securing employment. Participation in the programme was voluntary. Talent Match was co-designed by and co-delivered with young people.

The awards will be held in London on Thursday 20 June. Watch this space…..

Future Shapers Celebration Event!

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On Thursday 7th December, we took a group of young people to Sheffield Town Hall to celebrate their achievements made on the Future Shapers programme, as the programme comes to an end.

Future Shapers Celebration Event

Future Shapers is a programme for 14 – 17 year olds that offers support for personal and/or educational development. Young people have their own personal Mentor who tailors support to meet their needs, this could be to gain confidence, attend extra-curricular activities, improve attendance, gain qualifications, socialise with other young people, search for employment and much more.

Over the course of the programme, we have worked with 1319 young people aged 14-17, all over Sheffield. Here are some of our highlights:

  • 451 young people have moved on to college!
  • 542 young people have achieved entry level qualifications so far!
  • 43% of young people on the programme are female and 57% are male
  • 722 have achieved level one qualifications!
  • 92 young people are now in employment!
  • 783 have shown an improvement in behaviour and 915 have shown an improvement in attitude!

Congratulations to all on the programme, and we hope you had a brilliant time at the event.

Gail Gibbons, Sheffield Futures Chief Executive Officer said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in making the Future Shapers programme in to such a success. We are so proud of the achievements of all of the young people on the programme. Our Mentors have seen young people face their fears and gain the confidence needed to try new things; whether this is the high ropes, making friends or learning something new. We want you to know that when the programme ends, Sheffield Futures is still here to help you fulfil your full potential.”

Did you attend? Photographs from the Photo Booth are now live on Facebook, check them out here!


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Achievement Celebration for Young People

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Young people across Sheffield celebrated their achievements at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentation Evening at Sheffield Town Hall on 6th March. 369 young people, including pupils from 23 schools and young people from charity and youth groups celebrated their achievements over the last year, to win Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Students from All Saints High School shared their experiences and challenges undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. “How would I describe DofE? Mud, mud, so much mud! I really enjoyed doing the outdoor challenge, it was a great experience.” Young people can take part in a variety of activities to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with students learning Tae Kwon Do “and now I’m a black belt!” or learning guitar, “which I’m still playing, so that’s good!”

Sheffield Futures Chief Executive Officer, Gail Gibbons opened the event by thanking “all staff, teachers and volunteers whose hard work and tireless efforts goes in to making each Award a success and helping young people to achieve their goals.”

Fir Vale School thanked Duke of Edinburgh’s Sheffield Operating Authority for their support “They have supported us for years and we are very grateful!”

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Murphy presented the certificates and said: “I wanted to thank you [all] on behalf of myself and Lord Mayor Denise Fox, who wished she could have been here at the Presentation Evening. Well done to all of the students, we are very proud of you. It’s important that we do these awards and build on our, learning, skills and expertise. Well done and congratulations.”

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager, Alan Pashley, said: “As a past pupil of Sheffield and award holder myself I’m immensely proud to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager. I’m privileged in my role that I get an insight into what has been involved with young people’s journeys through the award and some of the challenges you have had to overcome. I hope that you go on to reflect and re-live your experiences many times in your futures and that what you have learnt proves useful to you. On behalf of us all I thank you for being so inspirational.”

Barbara Horsman was presented with an Outstanding Service Award. She said “I do love Duke of Edinburgh’s Award because you can actually see the effects of the Award. For young participants, you can see how their out look and the future changes, it becomes brighter.”

Sheffield Futures CEO Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

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We are very pleased to announce that our Chief Executive Officer, Gail Gibbons, has been awarded the prestigious ACEVO Fellowship for 2016/17. With only five awards given out, we couldn’t be more proud of her achievement.

The ACEVO Fellowships aim to champion inspirational and emerging leaders from across the country, identifying those who deserve greater recognition for their work and achievements locally, nationally and internationally. Each Fellowship receives a training and support package.

John Doyle, chair of the Sheffield Futures Board of Trustees, who nominated Gail Gibbons for the award, said: “Gail has led us through a challenging period of change which required tremendous vision, strong values and a focus on improving the lives of young people. The strengthening of Sheffield Futures as a learning organisation with staff engagement at all levels and a focus on young people’s voice has been essential. Gail is without doubt an inspirational leader across both the organisation she leads, the stakeholders who she works closely with and the wider community of interest across Sheffield and our region.”

Gail Gibbons said: “I am delighted to have been nominated for the ACEVO Fellowship Award. ACEVO is the UKs leading network for charity and social enterprise leaders and it is a real honour to receive this recognition. As well as providing me with a valuable development opportunity, it has also raised the profile of Sheffield Futures and all the great work that we do across our local communities.”

Henrietta Baldock, Chair of Leadership Trust Foundation said: “Our congratulations to all the fellows on this much deserved award.  At the Leadership Trust we have always believed that leadership is critical to the health of an organisation and that healthier organisations contribute more to society. We also believe that leadership is something which can be learned, developed and improved by everyone so I hope that the awards will help the recipients and their organisations make an even greater contribution.”


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